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Largest Publishing Industry: 6,566th Best Weather: 6,944th Most Cultured: 7,780th
The Empire of
Democratic Socialists
Many, by One
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Empire of The Great Shepherds is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Vincent Doggts with an even hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, pith helmet sales, and daily referendums. The compassionate population of 2.487 billion Great Shepherds are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Brenna. The average income tax rate is 75.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Great Shepherd economy, worth 290 trillion orens a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 116,721 orens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has an entire department dedicated to staring at microscopes and writing down letters, political parties are banned from advertising and receiving private donations, carbon-footprint restrictions are making businesses walk, and the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Great Shepherds's national animal is the german shepherd, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Great Shepherds is ranked 8,061st in the world and 281st in Osiris for Most Developed, scoring 87.18 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 6,566thBest Weather: 6,944thMost Cultured: 7,780thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,898thMost Developed: 8,061stHighest Poor Incomes: 8,406thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,406thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,773rdTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 9,877thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,141stNicest Citizens: 10,827thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,903rdHealthiest Citizens: 11,384thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,466thSmartest Citizens: 14,009thMost Inclusive: 14,853rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,386thMost Secular: 15,919thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,162ndMost Pacifist: 16,831stLargest Welfare Programs: 17,275thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,321st
Largest Publishing Industry: 243rd in the regionBest Weather: 244th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 281st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 287th in the regionMost Cultured: 302nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 315th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 320th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 325th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 458th in the regionNicest Citizens: 473rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 485th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 504th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 508th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 510th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 524th in the region

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